So it appears that without all those points off turnovers, Minnesota gets blown off their own field by OSU. Now Minnesota has smart coaches; they build and coach their team to use their natural home field advantage - a big part of which is the cold, snowy weather - with a ball control offense and an emphasis on take-aways. It seems to work well for them.
But my point above was that OSU's accomplishment by winning at Minnesota in mid November was every bit as strong as TCU's accomplishment by winning at Fort Worth in mid September. Just suppose TCU had played at Minnesota in mid November: Do you think those kids from Texas could have avoided those turnovers in the cold, snowy weather, against a Minnesota team coached to force them? Seems to me that TCU would have fared no better than OSU, and possibly worse.
Now I don't care if you disagree with my definition of a "decisive" win, nor if you pretend not to understand my point, because the selection committee understood it and put OSU in the playoff where they belong.
Yep, the darn turnovers always ruin everything. They really should disallow those things from the game of football. Never helps anyone.
On the other hand, I'm sure the Gophers coaches didn't exactly script for Ohio St to block the FG and run it back for a touchdown. That probably was not in the script. So right there, even if they block it but it don't run it back -- Minnesota tied the game with 1:19 left instead of down seven. Or you could also say that the Gopher coaches probably didn't intend for there to be a blown assignment on defense -- twice -- such that both plays resulted in long touchdowns for Ohio St. That probably was not in the script. So if you hold those to FG instead of TD, that's an 8 point difference -- Minnesota just took a one point lead with 1:19 left.
Sorry Dennis, but any way you slice it - unless you're just choosing to be completely obtuse - Minnesota was in the game until the end.
Now, your overall argument is for putting Ohio State over TCU in the top four. That argument is completely valid and one that I agree with. Ohio St played the harder schedule and they won (blew out) their CCG. Both aspects that TCU can't match up with. That is why the selection committee chose Ohio St over TCU. It had nothing to do with Minnesota.
In fact, the reason that TCU was ranked over Baylor the entire time was because of TCU's win over Minnesota.